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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 14, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

December 13 A.D. 2008

Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11
Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Several special persons emerge often in the scriptures of the Advent season. Our Blessed Mother, of course, is most prominent. We also hear about St. Joseph; Mary's cousin, Elizabeth; and St. John the Baptist.

Today's scriptural reading centers on St. John the Baptist and his proclaimed role to testify to the Light and to help prepare the people of his day for Christ's message of salvation.

One might ponder about the preparations that St. John the Baptist undertook to prepare himself for that role. We know that he was a very disciplined person, especially by today's standards. One vital revelation we have through the scripture is that even before he was born he encountered the Blessed Mother. We know that Mary stayed with her cousin, Elizabeth, from the third month of her pregnancy for about six months before she returned home.

Each of us, as baptized Christians, as a priestly people, also has the responsibility to speak out in the desert, in the barren wastes of our world today. Each of us has a role in preparing the way for the Lord.

From time to time throughout the day we can call upon Mary, our mother, and spouse of the Holy Spirit, to guide us in these special roles. What a responsibility we have! But greater yet is the honor that we have been called to prepare the way of the Lord!

O Spouse of the Holy Spirit,
guide us!

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS |
jmurphy (at) syracuse (dot) net

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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